By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, January 4, Mana: Ministry Education has described 2020 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations pass rate as the highest ever recorded in the country for the past five years.
Minister of Education, Agnes Nyalonje made the remarks Monday during the announcement of PSLCE results and details on the re-sitting of Malawi School Certificate Education (MSCE) examinations at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
She said this year’s pass rate was 81.37 percent as compared to 77.46 percent last year.
Nyalonje added that despite challenges of 2020 school closure and having to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the pass rate has been very impressive.
The Minister disclosed that 277, 007 candidates sat for the examinations, 225, 387 have passed representing 81.37 percent pass rate.
“For a candidate to pass the PSLCE examinations, one has to obtain at least a pass in five subjects including English,” she stated.
Nyalonje commended teachers, other Ministry staff, students, parents/guardians and communities that supported schools in various ways deserve praise and credit for this achievement.
“Out of 135,475 female candidates who sat for this examination, 104, 781 have passed representing 77.34 percent pass rate. Out of 141, 529 male candidates who sat for the examination, 120, 606 have passed representing 85.22 percent pass rate,” she explained.
The Minister noted that gender gap remains in the performance of candidates, with boys on average outperform girls.
Nyalonje said as a Ministry, they are committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to address this imbalance.
Acting Executive Secretary for Malawi Examinations Board (MANEB), Prof. Dorothy Nampota said the preparations for the administration PSCLE examinations commencement in September, 2020
She said the examinations were supposed to have been administered in May, 2020 but this failed due to closure of school in as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
Nampota acknowledged government’s support through timely provision of human and financial resources.
She said payment to all administrators of the examinations and security personnel were duly paid to them.